The SmartFarm Innovation Network will connect researchers, Extension agents, producers, businesses, and other stakeholders in a system that allows for fast exchange of information and data analysis.
Virginia Tech is developing the SmartFarm Innovation Network, a decentralized network of interconnected centers across Virginia. University researchers and Agriculture Extension agents will partner with producers and commercial interests to develop and deploy new technologies for agriculture management and production.
Gene editing gives researchers a fast, reliable way to make precise changes in specific genes. But its use in farming is in the balance after a European ruling last year equated it with heavily regulated genetic modification.
News agency reports from China say tech giants Alibaba and JD.com are using facial and voice recognition technology to monitor the health of pigs in their stalls, and to track any coughs or changes in behavior in the animals.
From battling disease in banana crops to overcoming avian flu, scientists are seeking wider acceptance for gene editing technology use in agriculture.
Sensors and software monitor pigs and workers in real time and in new ways.
The 2018 6th International Conference on Agriculture and Biotechnology (ICABT 2018) will be held in Bangkok, Thailand,December 19-21, 2018. ICABT 2018 is sponsored by the Hong Kong Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering Society (HKCBEES) and Chulaongkorn University, Thailand.
The Pest Risk Information Service (Prise) uses data from satellites and weather stations to predict when disease or pest infestations will hit crops, giving farmers time to prepare.
Researchers have created a tiny array of sensors coated with polymers that can detect the unique bouquet of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, that plants emit in response to different stressors.
The insects would carry genetically engineered viruses that could be deployed rapidly if critical crops such as corn or wheat became vulnerable to a drought, a natural blight or a sudden attack by a biological weapon.